Conductor : Elnara Kerimova

Initiating her music career, in Baku, by taking piano lectures as a little child, Kerimova started the music school when she was six years old and then started the Asaf Zeynalli Music College when she was fourteen. During her career as a choral conductor in that College, she was a member of "Azerbaijan State Polyphonic Choir" as a chorister.

While enrolled at the "Uzeyir Hacibeyov State Conservatory", by studying "choral conducting" with Listengarten, "composition" with Cevdet Haciyev (a student of Shostakovich), "polyphony" with F. Karayev, "orchestration" with Arif Melikov and Aksin Alizade, "choral arrangement" with Cahangir Cahangirov, she successfully graduated from "composition" and "choral conducting" departments.

After ten years of membership in "Azerbaijan State Polyphonic Choir", she was elected as principle conductor by her choir mates at the age of 26.

The choir conducted by Kerimova, gave numerous concerts in many places such as Moscow, Belarus, Siberia, Estonia, Letonia and Ukrania.

Kerimova also performed along with world-wide-known orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1991, Kerimova and conductor Hikmet Şimşek performed the "Yunus Emre Oratorio" of Ahmet Adnan Saygun in several Asian countries.

She made her Turkey debut in the International Ankara Music Festival, and she came to Ankara in 1992, upon invitation of the Republic of Turkey, and she began working with TRT Ankara Radio Polyphonic Choir.

With this choir, she participated in several festivals and organizations and has given more than 300 concerts in several cities of Turkey. Among these activities, the Aspendos Festival, the music festivals of Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir and the CSO (the Presidential Symphony Orchestra) concerts are a few. Kerimova still conducts this choir and her recordings with the choir are periodically broadcasted through the radio and television channels of the TRT.

Kerimova has been entrusted with numerous important positions in various "educational institutions" and amateur choirs. She has taken the responsibility to develop and improve the choral music while also spreading awareness of it throughout the country.

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